By Belinda BFIT Johnson
Broccoli, whole grains, spinach “OHHH MY”! Yes, get excited, these are the foods that are needed, paired with lean protein and good fats, to rid ourselves of that stubborn body fat around the abdominal area affectionately known as love handles. While most tend to push away from food and eat less whenever they want to lose belly fat, you should consume more. Eating healthy meals, at least 4 a day, and exercising are the two major components of maintaining healthy flat abs. There are many benefits to maintaining healthy abs outside of looking great in your beach wear or favorite little black dress such as decrease your risk of having cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess body fat around the abdominal area particularly visceral fat, the kind that surrounds your organs and create what we call a muffin top is certainly not attractive. A combination of exercise and the right nutrition plan will help you lose the that muffin top or belly fat that is to stubborn to go away on it’s own. Checkout these 5 simple but yet effective tips to trim that waistline:
1. Keep it Moving
Physical activity is one way to boost your metabolism. Whenever your metabolism is on high it is burning and melting away fat. Exercise works off belly fat because it reduces circulating levels of insulin which would otherwise signal the body to hang on to fat. Don’t limit yourself to crunches which only tones the abdominal muscle. Include lots of cardio with resistance to help burn the fat from around the muscle.
2. Lift Weights
Adding even moderate strength training to aerobic exercise helps builds lean muscle mass, which causes you to burn more calories each day.
3. Move away from processed foods
The ingredients in packaged foods are often heavy on trans fats, added sugar and added salt or sodium which are three things that make it difficult to lose belly fat.
4. Eat Fiber rich foods
Fiber helps you maintain a healthy blood sugar level. It also helps your stomach fill full until it is time to eat your next meal. Steel cut oatmeal can stave off a doughnut run any morning. Get a little fancy with the oats and GO NUTS! Add a handful of nuts for extra protein that are low in sodium.
5. Protein Powder
Protein powder contains amino acids that burn fat and build muscle. Add two teaspoons to a smoothie for a fat blasting drink. Make sure you choose a protein that is not high in carbs.
As it goes with any goal you have, start with a vision of what does being healthy and fit look like to you, take action and grab hold of courage for your journey. Remember, Fitness Starts Now, never later!
Belinda BFIT Johnson is a fitness Expert/Speaker/Author who is known for her unique ways of inspiring others to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. She has appeared on Dr. OZ SHOW, FOX5 News, Let’s Talk Live D.C, TBN and other media. She speaks and hosts health and wellness workshops and helps churches and corporate businesses build healthy leaders, employees and entrepreneurs by promoting healthy living. Coach BFIT’s goal is to inspire and motivate you to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. Her motto is: “Fitness starts NOW, never later!”